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election, access to information, polling places and voting machines. presentation by gil fox from the san francisco department of elections. hi, welcome. >> thank you, good afternoon, everyone, i am here and my colleague will be right upstairs, natalia kasin amount, our deputy director, and we are here today to talk about disability training for election staff, accessibility in voter education and accessibility at polling places. i have prepared a written report which i will -- ken will hand out large print paper copies at the end of your meeting and i will get to him for his sdrib distribution on monday electronically. i also have some other materials here for the public. at the department of elections we strive to help every eligible san franciscoan be a voter on november 6 and that includes people with disabilities. to do that, we started out several months ago -- well, this has been an on-going process as you know better than i do. but we started out several months ago meeting with the disability rights california organization who educated our staff on both respect and etiquette
one. again at the last meeting -- i think it was last meeting i was elected president and the term expires when jocelyn. >> june 30. >> end of june, so given my personal situation i undoubtedly will be leaving the commission at that time, so what i am going to recommend is that over this course of time that jocelyn -- the meetings i don't come to or leave early at a want to make sure everybody who wants to preside as the director have an opportunity to do so in my absence so you have an opportunity to see what it is like to chair a meeting and the fellow commissioners see how you interact so at the end of june when it's time to elect a new president everybody will have an opportunity to have tried it, see if it's something they want to do, and everybody can do that, so jocelyn will probably be contacting you. normally the vice president would take it but audrey has been around so she knows -- so i just think it's really important to give everybody else on the commission an opportunity to chair the entertainment commission to see if it's something they might like to do, and again t
jurisdictional agencies? >> i have staffed the san jose election commission from 2008 and we have not ever accepted any such referals. >> has the elections commission made any referals themselves for matters to be handled by a agency outside of san jose? >> the election commission procedures and i think that our ethics ordinance do have some provisions for making referals. but that is generally in the nature of the district attorney office or their political practice commission. it would be something consistent with the jurisdiction of the selection commission but might possibly be ... there may be some criminal activity or some additional allegations that related to some violations of political format. not to another agency like the san francisco ethics commission or the oakland ethics commission. >> okay. thank you. very much. >> and any other questions for miss herrick on this matter? >> no. i don't have any. >> commissioner studley, you had raised this as a potential issue, do you... how would you recommend that we proceed? >> well, i will make a suggestion... i mean i am... i do find
first election then when i was paying attention to anything and his significance under the campaign in the country gave a lot of strength to millions of people in this country that still last today although people don't always see the results we expect. i want to mention the passing of russell means and from the american indian movement and from the bay area and his contributions to the united states is significant and the 60's and two individuals who have made a great difference in our nation's history. the other thing i am introducing today is a resolution. colleagues you may have heard reports in the media privacy related to the clipper cards. i think it's important -- can't make sure that people who are using clipper cards can be protected against any use of information about how where they go and the whereabouts are using the clipper card to make sure they're protected so i am intriewtion a resolution calling on the metropolitan transportation commission and we have consistency with transit and track usage with transportation and passes and transit passes and that is mine f
. i can't sit here and say that every election's commissioner has been trained, even remotely, in ethics. i am not sure that you are required to be trained in ethics before you are appointed for that matter. you may all have law degrees or some of you may not. but i don't know that having election staff review an ethics case, is really where you want to take this. as for, merit, in my september 19th, memo, you know, the one that you read after you, concluded that she was correct? and i note in my memo that miss herrick in the ethics commission itself, keeps stumbling over section c3.699-13. you lost that case, mr. grossman brought against you, because it was clear that 699-13 only applies to ethics laws, not the public records access laws. my complaint involves that the sunshine task force and and the public records access issues, not ethics laws so starting with mr. croix who submitted documents early on in the process and the fourth page set of citations that the city controller issued all focused quite heavily on 699-13. with you all forgetting that citation doesn't apply t
slide and grabbed the wrong one. he will attempt to over turn an election using a goldberg machine to do it. however we will ignore misconduct with pointed officials under his control. this say letter sent to the mayor and the ethnics commission with regard to jewel gomez and violated the sunshine ordinance and by the task force. "after publicly discussing the matter and the library meeting at issue the ethics determined that the president jewel gomez willfully violated the sun shine ordinance and shouted down a member and during public comment. they then voted unanimously to recommend to the mayor to remove her from office. the mayor ignored it. never responded so on september 24 of this year they sent another letter and the ethics commission hasn't received any letter from you asking you advise the commission what action you have taken or will take in connection to this matter. i think it's really hypocritical and a fair term to use when you're willing to take an elected official out of office andis baed on the recommendation and yet make a unanimous recommendation to remove
person in and say look at how wonderful it runs under the mayor's office. why have an elected sheriff? the bottom line was, it didn't work. these sunshine complaints, i voted in the very first election in san francisco in 1999 and they happened to be the latest iteration of the sunshine ordinance. andvy gone back and done the research and seen that you have not taken a single complaint for a hearing except the jewe l gomez and i think that the only reason that you did that was because the civil grand jury pointed it out in their report and you wanted to be able to say no, that is not true, we heard one. you know, it is really auful, and you can be as dismissive as possible, and it is really auful to sit in board and commission meetings and watch citizens denied their right to speak, being told that they are not allowed to speak about certain things. and then, they have to go to the sunshine ordinance task force and fight for those rights under the sunshine ordinance. then to get enforcement, they have to have it referred to you and you simply allow mr. st. croix to dismiss them all. a
preparedness committee. 10, the november election, access to information, polling places and voting machines. 11, information item, sfmta multi modal accessibility advisory committee update. 12, public comment items not on today's agenda but within the jurisdiction of the mdc 13, information item, correspondence. 14, discussion item, council member comments and announcements. 15, adjourn. >> thank you, ken. item no. 3, public comment. items not on today's agenda but within the jurisdiction of the mdc each speaker is limited to 3 minutes. the first person i have is walter. would you come up, please. >> there it goes. good afternoon, mayor's disability council. just wapted -- wanted to let you know that hovaround takes me where i want to go, where will it send me next? and i was hoping that adele was going to be here because i was on her show and it was great and it was great to call adele, ring per bell, ding, ding, ding aling alink, you can ring adele, ring her bell, ring ading, make your city swell, disability make it well. i did want to say it's got a disability morning after if
in the november elections. it is up for grabs. it is different from last year. as you recall the house proposed a very significant reduction. this time both the senate and house if anything proposed a slight increase over what the president proposed. so regardless of the election results, i think that we will probably see flat funding going forward. i take that as good news in this environment. so that's the end of my report and open for questions. >> you will be back in mar top-notch share with us roughly the allocations. >> yes, i will. >> are there members of the public who wish to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> motion to move forward with recommendation. >> we have a motion to send this forward with recommendation. without objection. >> thank you. >> any other items before us? >> that completes the agenda. >> thank you, we are adjourned. >> there has been an acknowledgement of the special places around san francisco bay. well, there is something sort of innate in human beings, i think, that tend to recognize a good spot when you see it, a spot that takes your breath away.
because since i've been at city college, i was elected the veterans club alliance. i was elected one of the officers there. and basically with that, we do pretty much everything, helping veterans get contacted into medical care, their education, housing, everything, even their finances, and things. so that's a big issue. also, i'm a volunteer at david chiu's office. and when i met david, he told me i could work on a passion project. honestly the biggest thing in the city and this state, you know,ñ?ñ? since the wars have started, we've had mor?ñ?ñ vets coming home and committing suicide thanúçñ?ñ? dying overse. so i've actually joined a3sñ?ñ nonprofit called life for veterans, and that's -- what we want to target is not just helping veterans when they call in, not jump off the ledge, but also giving them outlets and jobs, and housing. so we've made a couple of contacts in napa valley and we have wineries that are going to be supplying housing and job training for these veterans. so it's more than just -- more than just therapy. that's what i feel i can bring to the commissi
event, yes. >> i also [speaker not understood] do a presentation before the election so we can see how well we're doing with our [inaudible]. >> that would have been great, wouldn't it? >> we did make that recommendation. >> we did? that got lost in translation. [laughter] >> one item, i know that we've talked about that there will be some impact on what the transportation, everything with the arena, but having just experienced the embarcadaro myself on sunday where there was nothing going on, i'm just wondering whether there is ways to get what's interim steps can be -- described in terms of transportation and alleviation. we know that is a big issue going forward. * i can talk to you separately about it. i just think we need to understand exactly what's going on in the studies and whether there should be any input from us, just even before we add onto with the arena and everything else going on. >> certainly. i've been working with the head of the mta and asking that we address some interim steps before we finish all the planning that would go along with the new project. i'll ask hi
are my opponents of it's election time as well and there is another bond up for consideration and i think it's a good time for to us ask what exactly is going on with this permit? there is another permit that has not yet been issued that will need to be issued before the containers can even be structured. if you look at the note no. 4 on permit plans that i provided to you in connection with, this you will see that nothing can be done in any event. so i don't know what the delay would have caused. extensive work has been done and shouldn't have been and the question is how and why? i earlier hwang's comments and she said she understand as did i there would be no work done at the summit, that is permitted work, unpermitted work, we're talking no work and the reason why was because i was told there was no worris about the archaeological resources in the park, nor need there be because there wouldn't be any disturbance of anything at the summit that. is patently false. this permit should be denied without that work was done without the requisite archaeological work beforehand. this is de
. and it is election day. so, please remember to go out and vote, please vote your conscience. but whatever you do, vote. you need to vote. and please consider all of the measures on the ballot very carefully. our schools in our state really depend on you voting. finally i am going to end the way that i started my comments, go giants. [ applause ] >> okay. thank you, superintendant. we are going to move on to item c, recognitions and resolutions of commendation. >> i will call on superintendant carranza for awards. >> thank you, president yee, at this point i would like to ask principal michael rical if he is here to come forward and introduce to us our rave distinguished service award recipient for this evening. it is my pleasure to be here as the principal of a middle school but also as a musician and as a student. because the person that i would like to introduce you to today, sherry whitney is not only a teach ner my school, she is also a teacher for me and a teacher that i never had, so i want to thank her for that as well. to give you a little context. she is the band director and when i met
elected officials, staff from sfpd. tons of industry professionals. i wanted to say thank you to the record for the key lounge and everyone else who attended and hope that we can even have more fun next year. update the commission briefly on our new enforcement position which is moving through the process of classification and denouncements. we have been working closely with the hr professionals that we work atad min services because as you may recall the position description of sound technician at the time we created without the benefit of anyone acting in the job at all, and therefore four years later it was a little bit necessary to revisit the description, update for the realities of what the job has become opposed to what we thought it would be, and then consider classifications of both the current enforcement in the future enforcement positions so we hope to have the new employee hired before the end of the year realistically. if we can do it sooner we will. it's funded for sooner but the process takes a while to get the right person. the panel i have spoken about in
of the relocation appeals board, to be the body that would hear the re-election appeals that might come up, and those appeals are really related to, if households feels that their relocation -- their moving allowance was not accurate or there is some appeal that they want to make to the housing authority, the rent board would be established as the impartial body to hear that claim and make a recommendation to the city authority. in addition to that, the other amendments that were added were to make changes to the definitions of "households," instead of "tenants," in order to reflect the intention of the authority and really all the partis that one household -- that all the tenants of one household are considered as one individual group and so that that right to return would be extended to all of the members of the household through that one unit. and so that is consistent with federal policy right now, considering the households -- considering the residents of the household versus individual tenants. and in addition to that we struck some language that was not consistent with current ex
. thank you so much for being here. we know how busy you with the election just a few days away so a round of applause for all of our vip and special guests. and now at this time we would also like to thank the city and county of san francisco and our community partners. we must acknowledge them. can't do it without them. bank of america, dignity health, miller coors, diamond foods, virgin america, pg&e, and sales force to help to make this civic celebration possible. we thank you. and of course we must recognize the giants broadcast partner sports bay area that brings sports to our giants fans all season long and made it possible for this to be watched all over northern california. all right. are you ready now? we can really get it started. [cheers and applause] . i said are you ready? [cheers and applause] it is my pleasure now to introduce two members of the best broadcast team in baseball. please welcome dave fleming and john miller. >> now, all along the parade route this song that echoed through the ballpark and my broadcast partner on the radio dave fleming somehow ha
in this election of activities and effective credit recovery options. >> thank you, very much. >> okay. let's move on to the next item which is item e, parent advisory council, pac report. representative? and it is ruth, again. >> we are going to milk this last week. >> this is my last report to the board as the parent of the advisory council. kind of really flowing from what the student advisory council was just talking about, one of the pac's priorities is addressing the issue of high school graduation requirements and especially just looking at where the students who are in 11th grade right now who are the first students to have to meet the athrough g requirements where they are at. first of all the pac is very concerned about the number of students who are not on track to graduate right now. and really especially about the disproportionate on the african, latino and other students. it is making, we are really making an effort to learn more about the plans to respond to this urgent problem. and it feels the parents like a crisis and actually i have been in a number of meetings and i am glad to
to nominate and elect officers. >> and specifically that would be the offices of president and vice president of the commission. taking the president first, commissioner vietor. >> it would be my great pleasure to nominate commissioner torres as the next president of the san francisco public utilities commission. >> thank you. and is there a second? >> second. >> and seconded. is there comment? >> [speaker not understood]. [laughter] >> that's good. >> is there any public comment? seeing none, all of those in favor. >> aye. >> opposed? the motion carries unanimously. >> congratulations. >> with that, you're president. and if i can give you the archly he -- gavel and take your seat. [laughter] >> one final, pass the resolution in your absence. thanking you for your service to the city and county of san francisco which spans more than your one-year service in fresno. >> thank you very much. (applause) >> >> and i'd like to echo appreciation for mr. moran. thank you so much for your leadership. >> thank you. it has been my honor and pleasure to be able to serve not only as a commissioner, but a
've been at city college i was elected the veterans club alliance. i was elected one of the officers there. and basically with that we do pretty much everything, helping veterans get contacted into medical care, their education, housing, everything even their finances, and things. so that's a big issue. also i'm a volunteer at david chiu's office. and when i met david, he told me i could work on a passion project. honestly the biggest thing in the city and this state, you knowñ?ñ? since the wars have started, we've had mor?ñ?ñ veterans coming home and committing suicide thanúçñ?ñ? dying overseas. so i've actually joined a3sñ?ñ nonprofit called life for veterans and that's -- what we want to target is not just helping veterans when they call in not jump off the ledge, but also giving them outlets and jobs, and housing. so we've made a couple of contacts in napa valley and we have wineries that are going to be supplying housing and job training for these veterans. so it's more than just -- more tha
committee meeting was canceled because we need to get the rest of the elections to get the report from the advocates in sacramento, because we are not really ready with the recommendations on the policy work of our staff working with the fda, but we also we schedule that meeting for november the 14th. and that will be our one rules committee meeting unless something or some emergency comes up between now and the middle of the year. >> wynns there is going to be earlier than normal. >> 4 to 6 p.m. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. let's move on to item t. >> report of closed section, actions, closed sections actions of october 16, 201 3:singer the board of education by a vote of six ayes and one absent. wynns approved a contract for one director and the vote of five aye and two absent, mendoza and wynns approved the agreement in the amount of $7525 nthe board of commission by the vote of six aye and one absent, wynns approved the terms of the settlement agreement in the amount of $35,000. in the matter of al verses san francisco unified school district, the vote of 6 ayes and one ab
it not to the election's commission but to a lawyer who works, i am sure, in much the same way that the city attorney works, which is to defend the bureaucracy. so in my view, it is a mistake for you to even try to adjudicate it today, without getting the opinion that you can do it. >> and most of the stuff is off the cuff. i would suggest that miss herrick look at the difference between government campaign and government conduct code sections 4.105 b, and 105 a. because they demonstrate that there is a difference between a complaint filed with you, and a complaint that you are entitled to investigate under c3.699-13. i actually have a bunch of other points, but in view of the fact that my three minutes are up, i guess i can't make them. >> i'm the only lawyer on this side. thank you. >> thank you, mr. grossman. >> david pilpal i will try to be brief. there are a number of issues at play here. i was not a member of the sunshine ordinance task force at the time that this matter was heard and referred. i'm relying primarily on the memos from miss herrick, and some of the collateral materials that i hav
is the way that you over turn a lawful election, not this put together, jury-rigged mistake for a procedure that you somehow tried to publicly defend. and if you break it down another way, we stand with your 17 employees in this report, 352,000 dollars per employee per year. and i will be honest with you, i come to these meetings and i can't see you doing a damn thing to make this city any more ethical, or any more open, in fact, what you just did in the last case was say, well, we are... we have not seen the file, and they won't tell us what is in the file, we don't know what is in the file, we don't know whether it is confidential or not, but we are going to find that the people being charged for withholding documents are not guilty and then we will go and look to see if there is anything in there that might be. talk about back asswards that is... >> now let me just... is there any other public comment on this? >> you know, let me just say, i did not reiterate the analysis that was provided by miss herrick in the memo and that she stated in response to the questions, but there is an impor
. or four opportunities to take a course that would be an elective for something that he or she choose in order to complete those requirements. students who receive special ed services ieps in in a regular six-period day would have less opportunities within that day, because this take a study skills course. many of them, as a way to help them with their classes, other classes throughout the day. so they would only have one opportunity within a four-year plan to retake a course. three if they are exempted from the world language requirement, which is a possibility. and then another large group of students that we have for the population in the school district are students who are english-language learnings and english-language learners are varying degrees newcomers to long-term. but our students in a regular 6-period day have two opportunities within a four-year schedule to rotake a course. four if we exempt them from their world language requirement. so i wanted to just give you a sense of sort of what our students are facing in terms of opportunities as they go for their four-year gr
for us to do so after -- sometime after the november election when we have a better sense of where things are. but i think that even if the measures pass, i think there is a lot more that the city has to do. and, by the way, one of the things that i am interested in doing and will be doing in the next couple of weeks is introducing a motion to expand the make-up of this committee or least to consider including city college. because i don't think we can have a full picture of how we're educating young people in the city without having city college at the table. so i look forward to that conversation. the last point that i will make is that i do want to acknowledge mr. hoover lydell, who is in the audience and the reason i want to acknowledge him because he has been an institution in the school district for many, many years. when i started as a lawyer working on the consent decree, hoover served as an expert in the court and i'm glad that the school district continues to use his efforts. he has benefited thousands and thousands of young people over the years. so i'm glad to see tha
been dealing with this issue from the moment that she got elected. and i think that this legislation is in many respects, you know, not the culmination, but it adds to the body of work that already has been done and we need to continue to monitor this. so i'm very proud to be a co-sponsor. i think it's one of those pieces of legislation that is truly a no-brainer and my hope is that it will go forward to the full board where in my hope there will be a unanimous vote to pass this legislation. and it's a long time coming and i also think that we need to make sure that we continue to monitor it closely. so i also want to say as the district 9 supervisor that i'm very grateful to the work of the people from my district, who have been fighting to eradicate bed bugs for a long time. and i like the slogan that was chanted out that, "bed bugs suck." [ laughter ] and i think that sedsays it all. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor campos. supervisor farrell. >> [ applause ] . >> i too want to compliment the creative director on the stickers. thank you, to all coming out. and i'm very happ
are seasoned technology professionals. we interviewed more than 40 employees and elected officials, quite a few several times. we believed there was a good deal of candor in those interviews. not as much in the responses we're sorry to say. we did a great deal and discuss what we found with people in city government. we prepared findings and conclusions in the form of recommendations. every finding in our report was verified with additional interviews with the people providing that information. our report is factual, not fission. we believe. >> >> that city technology protects the status quo and at thes expense of cost savings and eliminating unnecessary duplication and at the expense of inefficiencies and xengs of cooperation among units that can lead to additional improvements. today there is no apparent leadership within san francisco to make important city wide changes happen efficiently and effectively as the samples i have given show. there is no ekz organization structure that sorts out what changes to make or manages how to make them. coit and the city cio do not venture
and practices of candidates running for appointed and elected offices, i'm a member of local 16 and have and am facing unrealistic roadblocks unable to seek employment in my field due to discriminatory blackmail against me and others. as of this moment i have open case at the eeoc against local 16. ms. victoria lewis and i went to the human rights commission and met with theresa sparks. sparks told us this was a touchy situation due to political connections involved. she then requested that we meet with tom willis which we did. we were told this is too far up the political ladder. he told us that he used to work for mayor lee before he became mayor with mayor gavin newsome. [speaker not understood] to this day i have yet to receive a response. and here is the letter. i don't know if you can see it or not. it's dated february 17, 2011. to mr. willis. the san francisco film office [speaker not understood] the film office has denied me upcoming and ongoing productionses in local 16's jurisdiction. many past executive directors of the [speaker not understood] have known about the situation and refu
, right? if poetry is the best word in the best place, who else to practice poetry but our elected leaders? and also as a sort of very gentle challenge to all of you -- because we are such a highly literate society and community here in the bay area, and we are very widely read -- i'm going to ask you, when you get a chance on your website, to post your reading list. let us see into your hearts. let us see into where you get your ideas. let us see that you are, in fact, considering the entire range of voices and language and cultures that our community, our city is made up so that we can also dialogue with you about what you're reading, what we are reading. perhaps then we can establish a good dialogue between yourselves and ourselves. and i want to thank you again for the honors on behalf of my community, which is also the literary community and encourage you to support the literacy program, the reading programs, the poetry programs. try a haiku before your next board meeting. it might help smooth things out. thank you very much. (applause) >> i know supervisor campos had a few words he'd
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